slave

[ sleyv ]
/ sleɪv /

noun

verb (used without object), slaved, slav·ing.

to work like a slave; drudge.
to engage in the slave trade; procure, transport, or sell slaves.

verb (used with object), slaved, slav·ing.

to connect (a machine) to a master as its slave.
Archaic. to enslave.

Origin of slave

1250–1300; Middle English sclave < Medieval Latin sclāvus (masculine), sclāva (feminine) slave, special use of Sclāvus Slavic, so called because Slavs were commonly enslaved in the early Middle Ages; see Slav
Related formsslave·less, adjectiveslave·like, adjectivepro·slave, adjectivesem·i·slave, noun

Definition for slave (2 of 2)

Slave

[ sleyv ]
/ sleɪv /

noun, plural Slaves, (especially collectively) Slave.

a member of a group of Athabaskan-speaking North American Indians living in the upper Mackenzie River valley region of the Northwest Territories and in parts of British Columbia, Alberta, and the Yukon Territory.

Also Slavey.
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British Dictionary definitions for slave

slave

/ (sleɪv) /

noun


verb

(intr often foll by away) to work like a slave
(tr) an archaic word for enslave

Word Origin for slave

C13: via Old French from Medieval Latin Sclāvus a Slav, one held in bondage (from the fact that the Slavonic races were frequently conquered in the Middle Ages), from Late Greek Sklabos a Slav
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